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Old 01.12.2011, 19:21
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As a kid, I have fond memories of Switzerland (Geneva) but when I was back in CH as an grown woman, I was almost shocked at how openly Swiss locals pursue women. My first day of work in ZH, one man, smartly dressed in a business suit, followed me all the way from the ZH Bhf to where I lived (Bellevue). He was like "Hello, I think you are a pretty looking girl, want to have dinner with me?". Later that week, one man I had a casual convo with on the local train decided to come and sit next to me every time I took the train. He kept asking me to have dinner with him. Few weeks later, one young guy who was riding the same train as me asked me if I was interested in having coffee with him, I told him I can't, he got off the train, knocked on the train window and winked at me. Then the next day he came into my compartment and asked me for my number. I thought it was bad in Italy. "Ciao Bella Ciao"
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Old 01.12.2011, 19:35
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landing back at Zurich airport after spending 5 months backpacking through Nepal and India....like returning to heaven.

Witnessing my son's and daughter's birth at Limmatspital.

Skinny dipping in the Zurichsee with a beautiful girl I was head over heels in love with.

Picking up my high-school sweetheart at the train station for a week's visit after not having seen her for over 10 years (no, it didn't restart, as much as I wanted it to).

Having the obligatory 3-kisses on the cheek with an outrageously attractive girl I met at a party turn into a full blown movie-kiss...and then having to jump out of the train as it pulled away from the station (had a great Summer...it unfortunately ended badly)

Having my small kids suddenly pass me on the ski slopes...and not being able to catch them.

My daughter's Christening with all the family present...and then the church bells start pealing like the voice of God himself.

After proposing to my wife, realizing I had not bought a ring (thought it would be better to have her pick one out). She gives me the silent treatment, and suddenly it dawns on me...we had 3 hours in Zurich to find a diamond ring before the stores shut (she was flying home the next morning). We found one she liked with T minus 15 minutes before stores closed.
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Old 01.12.2011, 19:41
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Usually about the time that you're irritated by all this attention is when the eponymous Mr Nice Guy shows up ... and he walks/runs away with a new orifice for his trouble.
Are you a b-list chick flick screenwriter by any chance?
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The very first time I ever set foot on Swiss soil!

I arrived at the airport, it was snowing, we had to walk up a long wet concrete ramp to the customs. I was singled out of the planes crowd by a customs office ...... he called me by my name and asked in abrupt "nazi" style for my passport. He flipped thru it, and asked "Where did you get this?!"

I had visions of the return flight (without even having smoked a cigarette), and feeling like wetting my pants (WHAT did this man know about me?! gosh they know everything I ever did in my life?) I had to reply "Well, my government gave it to me". He then asked why I was in this country "Vot you vont in dis country!"

By this time I had really had given up and resigned myself to being instantly deported, so replied "I am here to visit my son and my grandchildren". "Vot dos he look like?", and being resigned to my fate I replied "He is tall and handsome".

He pointed over my shoulder and said "Is that him?"

And my son came strolling out from behind a pillar, big grin all over his face .... hahaaa ...... it was a joke - set up the night before over some beers.

The customs guy lives in our village, and having now got to know him he said the intention in the beginning was that he was going to put me in a holding cell for a few minutes, but the look on my face made him realise I was about to have a heart-attack, so he cut it short, fetched my baggage, and escorted us out.
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Old 01.12.2011, 19:49
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On an Easter Sunday around 11 am I went to the Bern police station to ask for help. My estranged wife had broken into my ground floor apartment, stolen all my food, and smashed a lot of my belongings.

They refused to help me as I was still legally married to her. I asked if they would treat a wife in the same manner if her husband had broken into her apartment. They answered me in no uncertain terms "Get out!"
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I got my billag invoice.
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Three things:

1. I moved here from Paris. I was on one of those trains where you didn't have to change in Basel, and when I got off the train in Zurich HB, all I could do was be in awe at the fact it didn't smell like a mix of dog poo and homeless person pee like the Gare de l'Est did (or any Parisian train station).

2. I've mentioned it in other threads, but the time the swan decided to hang out on the tram tracks in Zurich once and it took forever for everyone to decide how to move it. Every time I think of the "Swiss mentality" I think of that swan just chillin in front of Zurich HB.

3. I spent a weekend sightseeing in Laax/Flims that was just cray cray and strange. Won't get into the details, but it was awesome.
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Old 01.12.2011, 22:31
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I'll be whatever you want me to be, miss.
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....when my sweet childhood hometown, became a reason to feel at peace with myself. I felt I had come a full circle.
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I cant forget my every moment in swiss.
it was totally different from my natives. Tough it was a short period, i have lots of things to remember throughout my life.
from my frist travel in a VW taxi , which is rare in my place. first snow fall. and many more....
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Oh yes, but with a difference.. they are politely charming when they do.
Just smile and move on.

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As a kid, I have fond memories of Switzerland (Geneva) but when I was back in CH as an grown woman, I was almost shocked at how openly Swiss locals pursue women. My first day of work in ZH, one man, smartly dressed in a business suit, followed me all the way from the ZH Bhf to where I lived (Bellevue). He was like "Hello, I think you are a pretty looking girl, want to have dinner with me?". Later that week, one man I had a casual convo with on the local train decided to come and sit next to me every time I took the train. He kept asking me to have dinner with him. Few weeks later, one young guy who was riding the same train as me asked me if I was interested in having coffee with him, I told him I can't, he got off the train, knocked on the train window and winked at me. Then the next day he came into my compartment and asked me for my number. I thought it was bad in Italy. "Ciao Bella Ciao"
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As a kid, I have fond memories of Switzerland (Geneva) but when I was back in CH as an grown woman, I was almost shocked at how openly Swiss locals pursue women. My first day of work in ZH, one man, smartly dressed in a business suit, followed me all the way from the ZH Bhf to where I lived (Bellevue). He was like "Hello, I think you are a pretty looking girl, want to have dinner with me?". Later that week, one man I had a casual convo with on the local train decided to come and sit next to me every time I took the train. He kept asking me to have dinner with him. Few weeks later, one young guy who was riding the same train as me asked me if I was interested in having coffee with him, I told him I can't, he got off the train, knocked on the train window and winked at me. Then the next day he came into my compartment and asked me for my number. I thought it was bad in Italy. "Ciao Bella Ciao"
I know how you feel. I seem to have to spend hours every day fighting off hordes of beautiful women. It's a curse.
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What is one moment or memory from your time in Switzerland, that you will always cherish?
That's related to being in Switzerland? Nothing much. It's been pretty "meh", so far.

I'll let you know if something crops up.
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When I finally arrived in Baden to live with hubby permanently.
The day before I said goodbye to my job, our home, my family. We spent the night in the Travelodge in Manchester (such glamour!), then with two suitcases, a backpack and a couple of bags each we travelled to London by train, then to Paris on the Eurostar, Paris to Basel, Basel to Zurich, Zurich to Baden, then finally by bus to hubby's (now our) flat. Phew! Tired but happy, I was home.
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My first evening in Switzerland. I left my family, friends, job, car and everything else I cared about to live together with the Swiss girl I fell in love with. Together we sat at our balcony watching the sunset and having a beer.
I felt the great energy of wanting to build a new life here but being unsure about the future in the same time. If I look back I'm very confident I took the step, it's a great place to live.
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That moment in August 1958 when the train from Calais pulled into the Hauptbahnhof where my wife-to-be of 50 years was waiting impatiently for me - and I realized that Zurich was my destiny. I have never regretted a single second. I've had the best life and the best wife I could ever have wished for. So ist es.
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That's beautiful Busby.. May you have many more years of happiness
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That moment in August 1958 when the train from Calais pulled into the Hauptbahnhof where my wife-to-be of 50 years was waiting impatiently for me - and I realized that Zurich was my destiny. I have never regretted a single second. I've had the best life and the best wife I could ever have wished for. So ist es.
After reading your profile your post is all the more poignant. Wishing you happiness.
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That moment in August 1958 when the train from Calais pulled into the Hauptbahnhof where my wife-to-be of 50 years was waiting impatiently for me - and I realized that Zurich was my destiny. I have never regretted a single second. I've had the best life and the best wife I could ever have wished for. So ist es.
as Sky and Hannah's Auntie have said.. a truly beautiful post, thank you for sharing and I'm sure your wife shared your sentiment.

Bless.
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